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What is a travel day?

A travel day lasts 24 hours, meaning from midnight to midnight. On each travel day, you have access to the train networks where your Interrail Pass is valid. With your Interrail Pass, you will be able to travel over a period of 30 days and travel physically on 7 travel days (meaning you can spend 7 days on trains or ferries).

  • Inbound & outbound travel: Your inbound and outbound each count as one travel day. 
  • Night trains & travel days: When travelling on a night train, you only need to use a single travel day: your day of departure. Even though most night trains leave on one calendar day and arrive on the next, you're never required to use two travel days.

Where can I travel to with 7 travel days?

On average, it will only take 1 travel day to go from one European city to the next. For instance, you can use 1 travel day to get from Berlin to Paris and another travel day to go from Paris to Madrid. You can start and end your journey in any of the participating European countries. Your city of departure and return do not need to be the same.

Your Interrail Global Pass will be valid for 2 journeys in your country of residence. You can use one journey for outbound travel and the other for inbound travel.

For inspiration on itineraries, why not have a look at our itinerary ideas or on the Interrail Trip Ideas portal? Note that many itineraries are based on different departure and arrival destinations. If you depart or end in a different city than your hometown, costs of additional flights or trains will be at your own expense.

How can I get the most out of my travel days? 

You can use your travel days wisely! We advise using your travel days mainly for longer or multiple-train journeys. If you only want to travel a short distance, you could also buy a separate ticket or take a cheap bus to avoid having to use a travel day.

Your Interrail trips do not need to go from point A-B, and B-C. You could, for example, hitch-hike (be safe!) or buy cheap train/bus tickets in between your longer journeys.

You can also take advantage of the night trains: if you board a direct night train only the departure day needs to be counted as a travel day.

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